Mandrake is the common name for the plant Mandragora, whose roots, because their curious bifurcation cause them to have a semblance to the human figure (male & female), have long been used in witchcraft. It is alleged by adherents of the dark arts that when the plant is pulled from the ground, it shrieks in pain.
It could be find in Europe, being the Islands of South of Spain the most human alike. Nowadays is being popular due to its oriental name: Gingseng, that is not other thing that mandrake.
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